United Autosports are delighted to confirm that Jim McGuire, Duncan Tappy and Andrew Bentley will return to the team for the 2021 European Le Mans Series.
The trio will return to United’s championship winning LMP3 team in the #3 Ligier JS P320 after finishing fifth at the end of the 2020 season. They ended the year with a fourth-place finish at Portimao, with Andrew and Duncan finishing second at Paul Ricard in August.
Jim has been part of the United Autosports team since the end of 2016, when he joined them for the Gulf 12 Hours. He then entered the Michelin Le Mans Cup with United for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons, while also supporting the team through his AERO Sustainable Paint Technology business. Andrew has been part of the team for many years now in various roles, standing in for drivers who were unable to race in both 2017 and 2019, making his full time United Autosports debut at the start of the 2020 season. Duncan joined the team for the first time in 2020, but has known members of the team since his Formula Ford days.
The 2021 season begins at Barcelona, Spain in April.
“I love the team and love racing in Europe. It’s been a great five years with United so far and they’ve been a great partner for AERO Sustainable Paint Technology too. It’s great to be part of a top team. Next year I will be aiming to improve and will be working on those top-five finishes with Duncan and Andrew. I think we’ve got a great line up. I can’t wait.”
“I think I settled into United very well this year. I’ve known a lot of the guys since my Formula Ford years and they made me feel at home and it’s been a lot of fun. It was awesome to get a podium at Paul Ricard in 2020 so we will be aiming for some more of those next year. I’m most looking forward to building on what we’ve learnt this year with the #3 crew. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Jim and Andrew as well to build on that.”
“Racing with United in 2020 was fantastic. I’ve known Richard and the core crew from the early 2000’s so it’s been great to be part of the team. It takes the pressure off. One of the unique things about United is that it’s such a family atmosphere, which is great. I’ve never driven round the Red Bull Ring and every driver I’ve spoken to loves it so I’m excited for that.”
“I’m thrilled Jim, Andrew and Duncan are staying with the team for 2021. Finishing fifth in the championship last year gives them room to build on what they learnt in 2020, which I know they will. I’m excited to see how they get on.”
“Having Jim as part of the team means there is never a dull moment, so to welcome him back for a fifth season with the team is awesome. AERO has also become a very important partner for United Autosports and is no coincidence that our recent run of success started at the same time as this relationship. Andrew and Duncan settled into the team really well in 2020 too. We have known them both for a long time now so it was a very easy welcome for them. All three of them had a fantastic race at Portimao for the final round, so hopefully they can build on that going into 2021.”